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Aurelia Jazz Band - What a Year!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

State championship performance on IPTV Wednesday

The Aurelia Jazz Band I - 2007 Class 1A State Champions
The Aurelia Jazz Band has had a long, but very memorable and successful year, and will finish the year by traveling to Des Moines this week to perform at a clinic for the Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Aurelia will be performing at a clinic on "Getting Your Band Swinging" to band directors from across the state. The clinic will be presented by Rick Stitzel, who composed or arranged the three songs the band will be playing.

One of those songs, "A-Town Blues" was commissioned by the band, and the band finally got to meet the composer when they were in Texas last week.Not only that, but they won the competition down there, too, among bands from all around the country - and brought another nine trophies home!

Another highlight of the year will be the broadcast of the band's state championship performance this Wednesday on Iowa Public Television. Check your local listings, as they say.

The band started practicing in October, coming in before school, and the wrap-up of their season at the IBA meeting this week means their season this year lasted basically the entire school year - much longer than any of the athletic teams' seasons.

So, while fifth-year director Jason Heeren and his musicians are very happy about their success, and will treasure the memories of winning the state championship and the wonderful trip to Arlington, Texas, the consensus opinion seems to be that all will be glad the year is coming to an end.

Not bad for one year! - A proud Aurelia band director Jason Heeren poses with all of the trophies his jazz band earned this 2006-2007 school year. Photo by Dan Whitney
Aurelia received a I rating at every one of the contests they entered this year, and their trip to the state contest marked the tenth consecutive year they have earned that privilege. Their effort this year, though, marked the first time they were awarded the state championship. Though Aurelia will lose a lot of members of the group to graduation later this month, there will be many excellent musicians returning, too.

Aurelia was also able to field a "Jazz II" band this year for the first time. This band consists of musicians from grades 6 - 10 who were interested in learning about, and playing, jazz music. So it appears that the jazz band tradition at Aurelia will continue to flourish for many years, and people who attend concerts and competitions know they will be treated to some great sounds.

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